RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Like his compatriot Gibbs, the England international was also allowed to feature against the Swans in midweek after the suspension which was coming his way for handling the ball in the area at the Bridge was also reversed, and Arsenal will be grateful to have the youngster available too.
CM: Mike Arteta
The Basque has come in for some criticism in recent weeks and now aged 32, there are certainly some questions being raised about the holding midfielder’s mobility in the really big matches against fast opponents, so it will be interesting to see how he copes against City then.
CM: Mathieu Flamini
The former France international will surely have a key role to play against attack-minded City at the Emirates this weekend, with the defensive midfielder set to be putting out fires in front of the home team’s back line.
LM: Santi Cazorla
The diminutive Spain wide man will need to be at the very top of his game against the Blues on Saturday evening if Arsene Wenger’s side are to stand any chance whatsoever of getting the win they need to get themselves back in the race for the title.